Pic Microcontroller Programming for Beginners

person icon Darius Kruger

Pic Microcontroller Programming for Beginners

Everything you need to complete your first embedded project with the PIC Microcontroller

updated on icon Updated on Sep, 2023

language icon Language - English

person icon Darius Kruger

architecture icon IT & Software,Microcontroller


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Course Description

Ever wondered how all of those smart devices in your home work? From your TV, to your microwave, to your car stereo....All of these devices are powered by microcontrollers!

In this course, Electrical Engineer, Darius Kruger will introduce you to the wonderful world of microcontrollers. This course provides a step by step introduction to microcontroller hardware and software development and is suitable for beginners in the microcontroller development space.

What You'll Learn

In this course, you'll learn all of the basics you'll need to get started with programming microcontrollers. We'll also cover a simple project from start to finish.

  • Introduction: Course overview and teacher introduction.

  • Theoretical Basics: Gain an understanding of fundamental concepts including what a microcontroller is and how it works, as well as learning the basics of binary systems and binary logic.

  • Practical Knowledge: A simple, step-by-step guide on how to install the required software, as well as a guide on exactly what hardware and components you'll need to get started with microcontrollers.

  • Fun Project: We'll walk you through building, coding and testing your very first microcontroller project from start to finish.

What You'll Create

In this course, you'll complete a microcontroller based project which creates a multi function decorative lights display. This project uses many fundamental microcontroller programming skills including the handling of binary inputs, binary outputs, loops and delays.

Class Project Description

Build and program a multi-function LED light display using a PIC microcontroller.

We'll walk through the basics of this project in great detail, and once the course is complete, you'll have the opportunity to modify the programming of the project to create your own LED light display sequences using the knowledge we've learned.

Hardware and Software Requirements.

We'll walk through the requirements in the course, don't worry, I've kept costs to a minimum, but here's a list of everything you'll need, and where you can buy it:

  • Software(All free downloads):

    • MPLABX

    • XC8 Compiler

  • Tools:

    • Pickit 3 or 4

    • Breadboard


What will you learn in this course:

  • Understand computers and how they work

  • Understand the basics of binary systems

  • Understand what a processor is

  • Understand the machine instruction cycle

  • Understand the applications for microcontrollers

  • Understand the differences between high level and low level programming languages

  • Understand the hardware, software, tools and components needed to start with microcontroller projects

  • Build a basic microcontroller circuit

  • How to wire a programmer to a microcontroller

  • Download, install and configure the Integrated development environment

  • Initialize your microcontroller

  • Write basic microcontroller code in the C language

  • C Programming: Loops and delays

  • Configure and use microcontroller I/O ports


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Beginner course, no prior knowledge required.

Pic Microcontroller Programming for Beginners


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Course Overview
2 Lectures
  • play icon Course Overview 01:52 01:52
  • play icon Meet the Teacher 01:00 01:00
Introduction: The basics of Microcontrollers
4 Lectures
Getting Started: Everything you'll need to get started with Microcontrollers
4 Lectures
Your First Microcontroller Project
6 Lectures
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Darius Kruger

Darius Kruger

An electrical engineering graduate who has worked in various fields of industry including metering, renewable energy, and manufacturing. Electronics have always been a passion of mine. I have spent many hours working on microcontroller projects and honing my hardware and software development skills in the field of embedded development. I love teaching and can't wait to share my knowledge with you.

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